We booked our stay a few months ahead and from the start you could tell that Dianna & Charlie were going to be great hosts. They emailed directions and a menu for us to look over before we arrived. We rang from Waitomo Caves after we remembered we hadn't ordered a meal. What sort of meal would you like she asked? The steak and crumble springs to mind I said. No problem said Dianna. We arrived with a warm welcome and drink. Charlie cooked the steak to perfection. One of their own cows actually. One of the best we tasted in NZ.
The room was all you could want for a relaxing nights sleep and the bed was the most comfortable we had slept in on our six week holiday. The ensuite had a lovely shower and was very up to date. The view from the window was very impressive. The full breakfast was equally high standard, as was the whole stay.
We would certainly recommend this farm stay to anyone.
Our only one regret is that we only had one nights stay.
Robert & Sheila.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Shailer homestead is a 90 minutes drive south of Auckland International Airport. It is situated on State Highway 39 which connects directly to highway 1 at the south end on Ngaruawahia and is en-route to the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves. Hamilton City is just a 12 minute drive from Shailers which is internationally renowned for its themed gardens and many restaurants. Your hosts Charlie & Dianna Shailer offer a luxurious home-stay and tours of their four hundred cow dairy farm which is now managed by their son. The distinctive and beautiful Pirongia Mountain is the backdrop to their picturesque 128 hectare (318 acres) property. Mount Pirongia offers a variety of tracks for all levels of fitness. The quaint seaside village of Raglan on the west coast offers surfers the challenge of a left-hand surf break and is only 40 minutes drive from Shailers. Shailers is also 10 minutes drive to Vilagrad Winery, 15 minutes to the Mystery Creek event centre, 60 minutes to Hobbiton and less than 90 minutes to the thermal capital of the world, Rotorua. ... more less